Upon hearing these concerns, his father and mother had a servant take baby Oedipus to the hills to kill him. Instead of killing him, the servant left him with a shepard, who then took him to another king and queen of a different country. As Oedipus was raised with his new family, it appeared everything would be normal, deferring the prophesy to nonexistence. However, as the prophesy was told, it became true. Oedipus killed him father and slept with his mother. Oedipus became king of Thebes, and there was a cruse set on the city. Upon returning from the oracle, Oedipus learned for the curse to be lifted, the murderer of Laius would have to be banished. Upon learning this, Oedipus commanded the murderer to be found, and punishment would ensue. After several days of tirelessly investigating the issue, Oedipus learned he was the murder. In result, Oedipus gouged out his eyes with brooches and exiled himself. Through this turn of events, Sophocles was able to demonstrate the power of fate and how it is unavoidable. No matter what Oedipus’ parents did, there were unable to successfully rid themselves and the country of the fate of this prophesy against them. The story was able to demonstrate to power of the will of the gods.
As Oedipus was born into royalty, he started his life in a condemned manner. At only a few days old, Oedipus’ family tried to stop the prophecy that was given by the oracle. Clearly worried about the message, the King took matters into his own hands trying to stop a per-determined fate. “He wasn’t three days old and the boy’s father fastened
Many times in life, people think they can determine their own destiny, but, as the Greeks believe, people cannot change fate the gods set. Though people cannot change their fate, they can take responsibility for what fate has brought them. In the story Oedipus, by Sophocles, a young king named Oedipus discovers his dreadful fate. With this fate, he must take responsibility and accept the harsh realities of what’s to come. Oedipus is a very hubris character with good intentions, but because he is too confident, he suffers. In the story, the city of Thebes is in great turmoil due to the death of the previous king, Laius. With the thought of helping his people, Oedipus opens an investigation of King Laius’s murder, and to solve the mystery,
Oedipus had no knowledge of his past as a young man and therefore he spent most of his days problem free roaming the streets of Corinth. This environment was Oedipus’s Ordinary World and seemingly his life was stress free. His call to adventure however came to him around the same time he meant his mentor, the Oracle of Delphi. After hearing that he was an adopted child and a nonnative to Corinth Oedipus went to the Oracle of Delphi in search of the truth. This wise mentor would tell him his fate is one that would lead to him killing his own father and sleeping with his own mother. This whole affair would then result in Oedipus fleeing the town of Corinth out of fear that he would do as the Oracle had said. This whole encounter with
Fate and free will have been debated by philosophers for centuries. Do humans really have free will or is our fate deided? Do we have a choice in our actions. These are hard questions to answer but Oedipus had no say in his fate. Oedipus’ fate was predecided by Apollo and his ancestor, Cadmus. Oedipus’ destiny was fully decided by the gods before he was born allowing him no way to change it.
In order to escape the prophecy that he would kill his father and sleep with his mother, Oedipus thought it best to leave Corinth. What Oedipus did not know is that the parents he was leaving were not his biological parents.
One day, Oedipus went to the Oracle of Delphi and found out that he was destined to kill his father and sleep with his mother. Oedipus tried to escape his fate by running away from Corinth, leaving who he thought were his real parents. However, he ended up running right into his real father. He saw a group of people riding a chariot at the crossroads and assumed that they were thieves. Laois happened to be one of them, and Oedipus killed him not knowing that he was his real dad. This is important since Oedipus fulfilled part of the prophecy. Oedipus remembered about his encounter with the chariot near the end of the play and said, “But he more than paid for it and soon was struck by the scepter from this very hand, lying on his back, at once thrown out of the car. I killed them all” (Sophocles, 39). Quite soon, he also won the throne of Thebes by answering the riddle of the Sphinx and unknowingly married Iocaste, his real mother.
"Oedipus the King" is a tragic play showing a shift from the belief of fate to freedom of choice. Therefore, Oedipus the king is a great example of those who run from fate ends up fulfilling their fate
1. Discuss the importance of oracles to the ancient Greeks and specifically, to Oedipus Rex. Include a consideration about whether human actions are the result of predestination (Fate/Destiny) or free will. What does Sophocles seem to believe on this issue?
The oracle was stated that Oedipus would sleep with his mother, and when he finds out that his father in Corinth, he still is skeptical that if he goes back there is still a chance that he will fulfill this prophecies, although with knowledge of it he already has.
Odysseus is send to the underworld seeking information to guide him home. Though this journey Odysseus was brought to the verge of death. While he was there he saw his mother and she told him what was happening back home and why she died. After that Odysseus had a determination to get home.
So, when Queen Jocasta and King Laius had a son, they left him on Mount Cithaeron to die, but a shepherd took and gave him to the king and queen of Corinth. Later in his life, Oedipus got a message from an oracle saying that he would kill his father and marry his mother and believing that the Corinthian king and queen were his parents, he left to Thebes, killed his true father in self-defense along the way, and married his real
A prophet who happened to be blind (ironic yeah I know) tried telling him the truth. But he didn't listen, he mock the prophet and the gods. He was actually was the murder of King Loas. He was traveling and the King ran him of the road , in such road rage he killed the King and all the guards but one person. Oedipus didn't know that was the King. But in the meantime he’s city was cursed because they never avenge the King. Oedipus promised to the people that they were going to find the murder. The whole time he was the killer but his pride and stubbornness was blocking the truth from him. If he would have listen he would have found out he was the killer and that he's wife is really his
Oedipus’s life and destiny was said to be set by the god’s, but together with his parent’s lies and his own ignorance, he brought upon his downfall foretold so long ago. It was only when he was born that a prophecy of Oedipus, who was to kill his father and marry his mother. Terrified and without much thought of the consequences, Iokaste and Laius abandoned the child to die. Oedipus did not die. Instead he became a strong and well respected prince, who believed his real parents were king and queen of Corinth. Oedipus’s adoptive parents kept him in the dark about his true identity. For this reason, when ignorant Oedipus hears of his prophecy, he runs away terrified. Ironically, on his journey away from home, he encounters his real father, Laius King of Thebes, which he kills due to an argument. Moreover, he goes on to become King of Thebes and husband of Iokaste, his biological mother. So, without realizing, the fate that Oedipus wanted to impede so badly occurs right before his eyes, showing that fate “lies within Apollo’s competence/As it is his concern” (Oed.